Published on December 13, 2016

UNC REX Healthcare and PGA TOUR Extend Title Partnership for REX Hospital Open - 

The 2017 Tour Event will mark the 30th year of REX charity golf

RALEIGH, N.C. – UNC REX Healthcare has reached a new agreement with the PGA TOUR to remain the title sponsor of the REX Hospital Open for another five years. The Triangle’s premier professional golf event and a must-see stop on the Tour will return to TPC Wakefield Plantation in Raleigh May 29 through June 4, 2017.

“We are excited to remain the title sponsor for the REX Hospital Open, and continue our partnership with the PGA TOUR and Tour,” said Steve Burriss, president of UNC REX Healthcare. “The REX Hospital Open is an important way we give back to the community, and support care and services for local patients and their families.”

“UNC REX Healthcare has allowed the REX Hospital Open to cement a lasting charitable footprint in the greater Raleigh area, and we’re excited to further continue those efforts with today’s announcement,” said Tour President Bill Calfee.

The 2017 REX Hospital Open will mark the 30th year of REX hosting a professional golf tournament for charity. UNC REX also recently extended its agreement with McConnell Golf to keep TPC Wakefield Plantation as the event’s host site.

The co-chairmen for next year’s REX Hospital Open are G. Smedes York, former mayor of Raleigh and chairman of York Properties, one of the oldest commercial real estate companies in the Triangle, and George York, the firm’s president and CEO.

“UNC REX is one of this community’s most important assets and George and I didn’t hesitate to help with the 2017 REX Hospital Open,” Smedes York said. “We look forward to seeing some of the world’s best golfers as they compete right in our backyard for a great cause.”

“For the 2017 REX Hospital Open, and the 30th anniversary of REX charity golf, we knew that we wanted chairmen who understood the tournament’s significance in the history of Raleigh and this region,” said Brian Krusoe, REX Hospital Open tournament director. “We are thankful that Smedes and George have once again agreed to partner with REX as we raise money to help improve the health and well-being of our community.”